09 June 2012

Euro 2012 Golden Boot

Who will win the Golden Boot in this year's Euros?

I guess there are three main contenders and several good outsiders.  One thing is almost certain, though.  It will be close. Aside from the fact that there are several contenders, the last time the winner of the Golden Boot scored more than 5 goals in the Euros was way back in 1984 (Michel Platini, whose main task these days is sitting in the stand looking grumpy scored a perfect 9 - 3 with his left, 3 with his right, and 3 with his head).

So the top three contenders would be Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Mario Gomez (Bayern Munich) and Robin Van Persie (Arsenal).  If I had to pick one, it would have to be Van Persie.  Benzema plays for France, who, though they are favourites to qualify from their group, I don't fancy to go all the way.  I think Gomez probably has too much competition from a German team I think might win the tournament.  Van Persie, on the other hand, is an outstanding striker, in a team who will surely reach the semi-finals.  Although he is surrounded by talented players (in particular Huntelaar) he has had a fabulous season with Arsenal this year.

If I was going to tip an outsider for Golden Boot, how about Poland's Lewandowski?  Bundesliga winner with Borussia Dortmund, he is one of the players who could score a few goals even if Poland do not qualify.

Who knows?

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